We are well on our way. With Leopard.

Dreams for my future fantasy bedroom are coming together slowly but surely. Sure, we have a major addition to complete, and sure, that is years away, but at least I got my leopard print. Dave at Norman Carpet One had my mommom’s remnants bound for me so now I have a fabulous leopard area rug in my master. Check it.

photo 1 (1) photo 2 (2) photo 3 (1)It’s awesome. I love it and I love the folks there. They made it easy and reasonable, and my vision is coming to fruition. So in the past two days my bedroom has become a lot cooler, I say.

Powder Room

 

When it came to decorating my powder room, I was really going for a look that was a little bit zen, a little bit animal print and a little bit “stop being so ugly.”

It previously had the same horrendous linoleum floors as the kitchen and a light/fan that I can’t even refer to as a fixture because to me it was a no more than flat piece of plastic filled with dust that gave off minimal light. Not attractive, no.

So let me show you our powder room now, as I take you on a little tour. Right off the kitchen here is our back entrance. The week my son was born we built a back yard and fenced it in, but that’s another story for another day. Now, the entrance leads to our yard and the door you see straight ahead leads to our garage.

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Now look to the right. That’s our very snowy view from the back door and our new yard. I love it so. photo 1_3

Now look to the left. You will see our powder room. It is small, but no longer an eyesore. photo 2_3

 

Most of the decor in this room is from my main squeeze of a store, Home Goods, including this fabulous mirror, the hand towels, paper towels and waste paper basket. photo 3_3

The mirror is very cool and gives the small room some dimension and an ethnic vibe. photo 4_3

You know I love me some purple. And let me tell you something kind of funny. My mom gave me that black and white reed diffuser, but inside it is oil that I received from a friend for the holidays 6 years ago. It is the best smelling oil ever (I believe it was pomegranate vanilla and from Target, and I have never been able to find it since, but it is still going strong! How cray cray is that?!)photo 5

In keeping with the zen theme the painting above was given to me by my grandparents and works well on the Benjamin Moore Feather Gray wall. photo 1_2

This light fixture was a saga. And it still is not perfect. But it is a great improvement. And it is a fan/fixture in one from Home Depot and I can’t write anything more about it without getting anxiety. photo 2 photo 3Oh, hay animal print. I love how the leopard is now accented with our gorgeous new floors.

And there you have it. For a 90 year old house, I’d say this powder room is not too bad at all. A little zen, a little animal print, and a little I get to be my good ol’ lazy self and not have to walk up the stairs to go potty. Win for all!

A little hallway with a huge wall (Otherwise known as: Our Search Continues)

Lets take a little walk upstairs together. Okay, follow me.

This piece here I call Black Beauty. I knew I had ordered a picture of a horse framed in black so as I was waiting for it’s arrival the name kind of stuck. And I do think she is so beautiful. Oh, and from One Kings Lane, which is a great online site for discounted home decor wares of all kinds. I have been happy with every thing I have purchased, big and small, from OKL, from the rug in my entrance hallway to the salt pig on my kitchen shelf.

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Ok, walk up a little more. Now we’ve almost reached the top. Turn around and look back. See where we are? Ok. Good.

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Here we are, on the second floor. This windowsill is at the top of the steps. I kept it very simple, with the architectural mirror that…well…mirrors the one at the bottom of the landing in the entry way. The rest of the decor here features framed photos of my kids. The frames that sit on the sill are Anthropologie and the crystal bowl is Simon Pearce.

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Our second floor hallway is a journey through which we are still trekking. It is kind of long and kind of narrow with one enormous wall that we would like to cover. We just don’t know how. We have seen amazing giant rainbow color murals while antiquing in New Hope, but couldn’t afford the 5 figure price tag. We’ve toyed with a gallery wall of family photos, but it’s never stuck. We are hoping to find something at the Rago Discovery Auction and always have our eye out for the piece (or pieces) to make that space feel whole. In the meantime, we wait. And revel in the fact that this hallway is much much improved from how we first laid eyes on it.

Here it is now. There is no before picture. I am positive that it is because if anyone had seen a photo of this area before they would have run screaming. It wasn’t tacky. It wasn’t wall papered hideously. No. It was downright scary. The ceiling had chipping, greige track lights that extended the entire length of the hall. I shudder. And actually scary was the bannister-less set of stairs leading to an equally frightening third floor. Oh, and did I mention it was carpeted with a mixture of wool and dirt? My daughter still talks about “the dirty rug”. photo 1

The hideous tracks were the first things to go. I replaced it with this crystal piece, figuring that it was pretty, neutral and could fit with any style that we decided to take the hall.

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photo 3_4We had the bannister and window seat pictured above build by our phenomenal contractors and painted the handrail and spindles to match the bannister downstairs. The walls in this hall (as well as in our entry way, third floor and kitchen are Benjamin Moore White Dove. We carpeted our stairs and entire third floor (which, (spoiler alert!) is our playroom) with a light camel colored houndstooth print from Norman Carpet One. To save money, we chose from their selection of remnants, and are fortunate that our carpet is in perfect shape, has been durable and soft and brightens up the formerly horrifying space.

A hall is a way  to get from one place to another, and that is just what we are doing in ours; going from one place to another, both literally and aesthetically. The space transforms with us as our family grows. And as it always does in life when looking for something greater, our search continues.